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he Liberty Rotary Club, with a motto of “service above self,� is seeking your donations for a hurricane-relief drive to support victims of Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico last September 20. The drive targets Moca, a municipality in the northwest corner of the island that was one of the hardest-hit areas of the nearly-Category 5 hurricane. The four relief areas for which community donations are being sought are: 1. Flu, tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations 2. Shelter-restoration supplies 3. Food, clean-water and home supplies 4. Toys for children The Liberty Rotary Club kicked-off this fundraising effort just before the new year and has already raised close to $10,000 toward their goal of $25,000.


“One-hundred percent of the funds raised for these hurricane-relief efforts will be overseen by the Rotary Club of Moca, to purchase and distribute supplies and administer vaccines for disease prevention to those families in need,� Gary Silver, Immediate Past President of the Liberty Club, said To donate to the Moca hurricanerelief effort, make your check payable to “CFOS - Liberty, New York, Rotary Club Foundation.� On the check’s memo line, note that the donation is for “Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico.� Mail your check to: CFOS – Liberty NY Rotary Club Foundation, 30 Scotts Corners Drive Suite 203, Montgomery, NY 12549 or online go to and click on the “Donate Now� button through Paypal to donate with a credit card.

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The YO1 Wellness Center, located on Bailey Lake just minutes from Monticello, recently announced three new hires to its management team. Bruce Grosbety Chief Hospitality Officer

Bruce Grosbety joins the yo1 Center from Enchantment Resort, Mii Amo Spa, and Seven Canyons Golf in Sedona, AZ after serving four years as their Managing Director. Previously Grosbety served as Vice President of Operations for seven years at MetWest Terra Hospitality, a boutique company based in Jackson Hole, WY leading all operations and revenue management strategies for eight luxury properties including Hotel Terra and Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Jack-

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ames Quinn, owner of Life, Not Labs, is focused on helping people to buy vitamins as they actually exist in nature instead of those made with chemicals in laboratories. Quinn, who has a background in nutrition and chemistry, has his vitamins and other healthy products available in Peck’s Markets and in small shops and gas stations around the County. His first retail customer was The Blue Hill Lodge in Claryville during 2016. “From there I started driving around and plugging it (the products),’’ Quinn said. He added that “Peck’s has been great� and was the first store chain to purchase his products. He also sells online at He started the business three years ago and says that he spent much of late 2014 and 2015 talking to the Food and Drug Administration “about what I could and could not do,� Quinn said. Two products that do well are his “Catskills Gold�-branded lip balms and organic bug repellant. His lip balm includes local beeswax and the bug repellant, also made locally, uses certified organic eucalyptus lemon oil instead of Deet. “The products drove why I’m in this

business,� Quinn, a New England native said. He said his products are gaining traction thanks to a great local salesperson that he employs, his website that attracts just the right keywords, his educational writing on his blog about product benefits and word of mouth. His use of social media is also impressive. For example, since starting a business Twitter account in July 2015, he has gained 3,416 followers. He has also done some bartering with local businesses to promote the lip balms, in particular. The company’s signature product, though, is Chlorella, a fresh water green algae that is 62 percent protein. “It’s a great nutrient as well as an air purifier,� Quinn said, adding that NASA calls it a “super food.� Quinn said the product boosts immune support and would benefit those whose diets might be overly acidic. The product recently acquired the two top organic certificates available: USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). On his website, where Quinn said he does most of his Chlorella sales, the product is described as “the most complete super food on earth and is known for its detoxification qualities.� The site further states that “chlorella contains what we believe to have a

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perfect cross section of what humans require for balanced nutrition. ‘’ According to WebMd, “as a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury and slowing the aging process. Chlorella is also used to increase “good� bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers,

colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis.� Quinn noted that the recognition of chlorella by the masses has increased dramatically in recent years and that one third of Japanese citizens use it regularly. As for building the business offline, Quinn said that he and his salesperson visit stores and shops around the Catskills, leave samples, and talk about the uniqueness of their products. “It’s encouraging that slowly but surely it (the business) is coming around,� Quinn said.

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tion would not be able to info. raise the funds needed to “I have always help others,” Sue been a very big Loughlin of the Trevor believer in giving Loughlin Foundation back locally,” said. “A couple of years Upstate Cycle Studio ago, Cristie Bendi, forCo-Owner Melissa mer owner of Upstate DiCostanzo said. “I Cycle, reached out to us became an active to assist her friend in member of the need. We responded. Allyson Whitney Since then, she has paid Foundation (AWF) it forward time and time after my best friend again. Upstate Cycle Jazmine passed away Studio’s new owners also from pancreatic canparticipate in the greater cer. The foundation good of our community was a great support through their charitable for her and I felt like Melissa DiCostanzo initiatives and should be this was a way I commended for hosting Co-owner | could pay it forward events like the one benefor her. As an events fiting TLF later this coordinator for AWF month. I hope to see lots of people who also loved indoor cycling, I there and I thank everyone in thought it could be a great way to advance who participates for bring both causes together-getting choosing to matter to patients batfit and helping to raise funds for tling blood cancer and other acute others who were fighting a very difcatastrophic illnesses.” ferent health battle than I.” On January 21, Upstate Cycle “When I approached Cristie about Studio will be offering five 45it, she was more than happy to minute classes; each class is sponsor the event, donating both designed and choreographed by her time and space to the cause. instructors for people of all ages She had an even better idea, to benand fitness levels. Join for the ride efit both the AWF and the Trevor of a lifetime as the community colLoughlin Foundation (TLF) as a way laborates to bring light to the lives to honor both local foundations of those in need. that had assisted when a close Tickets are $30. But if you're friend of hers was diagnosed with unable to attend, but want to cancer.” donate, email So in 2016, Upstate Cycling and for more Group Fitness Studio held Cycle for



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The Upstate Cycle Studio in Liberty is holding three events benefitting special causes. The first one, scheduled for January 21, will benefit the Trevor Loughlin Foundation.

Hope, to benefit both the TLF and AWF. “We wanted this year’s event to be

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The Red Dot brings vegetarian cuisine to Main Street, Wurtsboro STORY AND PHOTOS BY REBECA C. RIVERA

s soon as you walk through the doors of Wurtsboro’s new restaurant, The Red Dot, a wave of spices and hearty aromas engulf your senses. The restaurant opened its door in November 2017 and has enraptured its customers with its vegetarian and Indianinspired cuisine. This is the second restau-


rant of the same name for the owners as the first The Red Dot is located in California and was listed number 19 on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat for 2017.

Owner Deva Lowney, a vegetarian for five years, is originally from New City and his father, the owner of a construction business, recently opened up shop in the area. Lowney’s mother,

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At left: Owner Deva Lowney along with his mother, Hannah Lowney and Chef Connor Smith are bringing vegetarian cuisine to Wurtsboro's Main Street. Opposite page: The inviting exterior is easy to spot with its red dot prominently displayed. On the cover: The customer favorite Pakora with a cup of Daal is a hearty meal that will satisfy any palate.

that has sprung up in a California within the past few years. However, the risks of running such a business were too high for them. Currently, patrons are asked to “pay what you feel,” a practice that was surprising to many customers, but fortunately it has worked. This pricing system aligns with the owners’ deep-rooted belief that life should be lived by helping others and by feeding people leads one further down the path of positive Karma. Wurtsboro’s main street is home to a few health-conscious and alternative lifestyle businesses, including The Green Earth market, Grassroots Yoga studio and Crystal Connection, thereby helping The

Red Dot to fit into the area easily and quickly. “The community is awesome,” commented Deva, a fact that is visible to the customers who visit. “Absolutely phenomenal,” exclaimed one customer. “By far the best curry I’ve had in my life.” Customers are offered an array of dishes; however, do not expect quick meals when visiting The Red Dot as each meal is made to order by Chef Connor Smith. According to him, 90% of the menu is made daily from scratch, from their sourdough bread to their chutneys and sauces. Such attention to detail is worth the ten to fifteen minute wait times, depending on the dish; however, while you wait, be sure to enjoy a freshly made carrot juice and con-

versation with the staff. On your next visit be sure to order the Daal, a lentil soup garnished with fresh cilantro and thin slices of red onion that is able to combat the winter chill. Also try their Pakora, another customer favorite, a dish made of thinly sliced, lightly battered vegetables including potatoes, yams, and zucchini garnished with a sweet sauce. This wholesome dish will make anyone a veggie lover at first-bite. If you’re looking for a dish that would satisfy a deeply-rooted hunger then it’s in your benefit to order their Tofu Curry, a hearty and velvety stew-like meal that will linger in your heart and mind long after you are finished. Although vegetarianism is not

meant for everyone, it has been beneficial to those who have chosen such a path. For Lowney, being vegetarian has improved his digestion, skin and teeth. Additionally, in preparation to opening the restaurant, they experimented with dishes in their at-home kitchens and avoided eating out and suggests that regardless of one's food preferences, “Freshly cooked meals are the way to go.” Furthermore, Chef Smith advises at-home cooks to focus on creating meals that use fresh ingredients. “Keep it simple. Keep it fresh.” The restaurant will be hosting its official opening next month. For additional info on hours and menu offerings, visit




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Staying healthy & safe during Wintertime in Sullivan County BY LUNIQUE DENIS, MD


t’s that time of year again - winter in Sullivan County, NY! Somehow, it always seems that we’re surprised when this specific season falls upon us. With cold temperatures, less than favorable weather conditions, and a variety of outdoor activities surrounding us, it’s important to follow these helpful winter wellness tips to keep not only yourselves healthy and safe, but your family as well.

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snow goggles are great, too in protecting the eyes! While you may not think sunburn during the winter months is possible, it still is, so make sure sunscreen is applied – it’s a year-

Winter Wellness Tips for Children and Teens

Hand washing is always imperative, as it is the first line of defense against illness, specifically during Flu season, when germs and viruses are rampant. Speaking of flu season, if you haven’t already gotten your flu vaccine, it’s not too late - you can still reduce your risk of getting the flu by getting the vaccine. Cover your cough - when coughing, make sure to do so in the crook of your arm, instead of in your hands. Layers are also important in this weather. Wear appropriate clothing including gloves, hats, scarves, thermals, socks, and bright colored jackets and pants. When playing outside in the snow, take breaks. Do not stay outside for an extended time playing. Parents, please make sure that your kids are visible to you at all times. Snow forts can be fun to build, but can also be dangerous!

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All the tips above are great for adults, too! Remember to keep your heart healthy during the winter months. If you have lung disease, known heart disease, and are someone who generally does not exercise, please avoid shoveling snow. Even using a snow blower can be taxing on the body. If you do decide to shovel, please practice these safety tips: stretch, which will help prevent muscle injury, dress in layers (preferably bright, noticeable colors), take frequent breaks, and hydrate. Taking a walk in the snow can be beautiful and serene, but it can also be treacherous. If it can be avoided, do not walk on ice. Use steps and rails when available, take short steps while walking, and wear snow boots or shoes with a good grip (sneakers and heels are not ideal shoes during the winter months). And, remember to always watch your step! Here at Crystal Run Healthcare, we want to keep you healthy, which is also a community effort. So as the winter months approach and are here to stay, be sure to check in on one another. If you have an elderly neighbor, someone who lives alone, or with disabilities, stop by and make sure they are ok. If you can, take a trip to the store for your elderly neighbor, to relieve them of having to do so. Also, if you are healthy and in shape, salt your neighbor’s driveway and offer to shovel for them – your kind deed will not go unnoticed! Additionally, please make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order. If possible, schedule maintenance checks for your heating system. No one wants heating issues in the middle of the night – we all know that’s when problems usually arise. Stay Healthy and Warm!

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implemented or helped organize dozens of programs, including the Together for Health School Program, the In-School Winter Walking Program, the Blue Ribbon Well Weighs Program, The Prevention Initiative (the local branch of the State Health Improvement Plan or SHIP) and Rachel’s Challenge/Challenge Accepted. She brought Functional Bowen Therapy to the area, heads up the hospital’s Community Advisory Board, pro-

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clinical skills but like Donna, Carol cares about the community—and her resume shows it.” Kneier is well known in the community for her diabetes education classes and her co-organization and participation in the annual Diabetes Taste-In to help patients with diabetes cope with the holidays. She also worked with Decker on the Well Weighs Program and with many other local programs through Communities That Care, the Wayne County Family Center and the Wayne County YMCA. Originally from New York City, Carol has lived in Wayne County for decades, raised her three children here and acquired a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition from Marywood University in Scranton. “I am honored to be chosen for this position,” said Kneier, “and I’m really excited to take on this role. Donna Decker has always been a great role model, co-worker and friend and I plan to continue to build on her successes and work on improving the health of our community.” The hospital will have a reception for Donna Decker on Thursday, January 25th, at the hospital from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Anyone who wishes to stop by is welcome, but please RSVP to

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ew Hope Community is pleased to announce the appointment of Bhakar Singh to the position of Vice President, Strategic Transformation and Programs. In this newly created position, Bhakar and his team will not only continue to ensure delivery of the highest quality of services for which New Hope Community is known, but also to partner with New Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO, strategic planning teams and all departments to deliver on New Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased that Bhakar has accepted this crucial leadership roleâ&#x20AC;?, said James Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bhakar brings a great deal of skills and deep knowledge of the intellectual and developmental disabilities and human services sector. People served by New Hope Community and staff will benefit greatly from his insights and past experiences.â&#x20AC;? Prior to joining New Hope Community, Bhakar was the Senior Associate Executive Director for Chapter Relations in The Arc New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (formally NYSARC) state office, which supports

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